Tennessee Clean Fuels (TCF) has inducted 4 natural gas powered fleets as part of the first intake into its “Tennessee Green Fleets” Certification Program. The alternative fuels Program is designed to utilize performance‐based metrics to analyze any fleet’s vehicle and fuel‐use data, and compare new actions they have taken to what their footprint would have looked like without those actions. The applicant fleets that receive certification can promote their fleet’s greening efforts and include that in its sustainability portfolio information.
The fleets across the state that received certification are:
Waste Management, Antioch Operations – They have transitioned 68 of their 90 refuse trucks out of their Antioch, TN (near Nashville) operations center to CNG and over 80 percent of the fuel use there is CNG. They opened a “Clean‐n‐Green” CNG station to the public and it exists as the only public CNG station on the south side of Nashville for CNG vehicles.
UPS, Class‐8 Fleet – UPS operates 283 class‐8 LNG trucks that are based out of Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis – over one‐third of all of their class 8 vehicles in Tennessee. Additionally, not only do they communicate at national events about their “rolling laboratory,” they have helped their local coalition with tours of their facilities in Knoxville.
Gibson County Utility District – Built a public CNG station in small West‐Tennessee community of Trenton for all citizens (that includes the utilization of solar power) and have moved almost half of their 36‐vehicle fleet to CNG. Significant efforts have been made to reach out into communities across the entire state of Tennessee to discuss how CNG is a great option for using cleaner, American fuels.
Scott Appalachian Industries – Built public CNG station in small East‐Tennessee community of Huntsville/Oneida for all citizens and have transitioned half of their fleet to CNG.
TCF has been helping Tennessee fleets make the change from petroleum to alternatives for a decade and a half, and the Tennessee Green Fleets Certification Program was developed to be another resource for fleets looking to initiate positive, sustainable growth in their operations. TCF can review the Green Fleets scoring system with a fleet to help them start assessing different fuels and technologies to see what might provide the most benefits for their actions.
Combined with looking at the ROI of such decisions, the fleet can gain insights to inform their greener fleet planning and process. Tennessee Clean Fuels is fuel, technology, and vendor neutral, and helps each fleet connect with its best opportunities to improve economic and environmental performance.
(Source: Tennessee Clean Fuels)